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2020-2021 MPHA "Public Health Matters" VIRTUAL Policy Forum Series

"Environmental Health: Is There Justice for All?"

Continuing where we left off at the beginning of 2020, we will continue to explore the intersection between environmental health and health equity. The four forums we have planned for the 2020-2021 year are sure to be thought-provoking explorations of the challenges we face in ensuring that the public health needs of every Minnesotan are addressed.

All 2020-2021 forums will be held virtually.

Online networking begins 7:45am. Each forum starts promptly at 8:00am and concludes at 9:30am. Please join Minnesota’s public health community in these breakfast conversations:

December 4, 2020…in the water we use    Forum Agenda  Dec. 4 Recording

This forum’s panelists and participants will address the distribution of Minnesota’s water resources. Is there equal access to clean water? Where is the greatest impact of water pollution felt?

Moderator: Jean Streetar, MS, CHES, MPHA Policy Forum Committee Member 


Dr. Lucia R. Levers, Research Associate: Water Resources Center, University of Minnesota

Ceil Strauss, CFM, State Floodplain (NFIP) Manager, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources-Ecological and Water Resources Division

Ginny Yingling, Hydrogeologist, Site Assessment and Consultation Unit, Minnesota Department of Health-Environmental Health Division

January 15, 2021…in the places we live   Forum Agenda, Forum Notes, Recording Part 1 & Part 2

Making sure that there is a fair distribution of the environmental resources needed for good health takes planning. Our panelists will consider environmental health topics related to waste treatment and landfill properties, road and bicycle routes, and green space. Do we have equitable distribution of these resources?

Moderator: Ken Bence, Past MPHA President


Jennifer Hassebroek, Sustainability Coordinator, City of Eden Prairie

Lisa Smestad, Healthy Homes Coordinator, Minneapolis Health Department

March 5, 2021…for our vulnerable populations  Forum Agenda, Recording Part 1 & Part 2

Our panelists, moderator and participants will explore the distribution and impact of environmental health burdens and resources for our most vulnerable population groups. In what ways do environmental concerns influence social determinants of health?    


Jaime Martinez, Past MPHA President, MPHA Health Equity Co-Chair


Sharon Day, Executive Director, Indigenous Peoples Task Force   

Martine Smaller, Executive Director, Northside Residents Redevelopment Council 

Chao Yang, Diabetes and Heart Disease Prevention, Saint Paul-Ramsey County Public Health

May 7, 2021…in our public health response Forum Agenda, Forum Notes, Recording Part 1 & Part 2

The final forum of this series will examine the public health response to environmental health. We will ponder together the question, “What can we do better?”


Ed Ehlinger, Past MPHA President


Marguerite Mills, Department of Geography, Environmental & Society, University of Minnesota.  Mapping Prejudice Project

Ben Passer, Lead Director, Energy Access and Equity, Fresh Energy

Kristin Raab, MN Climate & Health Program Director, Minnesota Department of Health

Each forum will be announced on the MPHA website. Registration for the forums are at www.mpha.net under Events. Forum panelists will be announced on the MPHA website before each forum. All forums are also broadcast on Facebook Live.

Thank you to our current Sponsors!

View 2020-2021 Sponsorship Information

THE 2021 MPHA Breakfast Forum series will begin on

December 4, 2020.



Though we won’t be meeting in person this year, the MPHA Public Health Matters Breakfast Forum series will still go on. We’ll be gathering together by ZOOM.  The look is different but the same great opportunity will be there to hear, learn and share experiences about cutting edge topics.

A “Friends of the Forum” $40 sponsorship ensures the continuation of this yearly series—and it will be put to good use in re-establishing our face-to-face forums once that can be safely done. Sponsorship includes your participation in all four of the forums. Your name will be listed as a Friend of the Forum and displayed on the ZOOM screen at the start of each forum and again when the forum closes.

You can sign up to be a Friend of the Forum on the MPHA website


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